Category: News Briefs Published on Tuesday, 16 October 2012 16:17 Written by WWJ
General Motors will invest $35 million at its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant to build the Cadillac ELR, a luxury coupe featuring extended-range electric technology.
The car is the production version of Cadillac’s Converj which was first shown as a concept vehicle in 2009.
“The ELR will be in a class by itself, further proof of our commitment to electric vehicles and advanced technology,” General Motors North America President Mark Reuss said in a keynote address at the SAE Convergence Conference in Detroit. “People will instantly recognize it as a Cadillac by its distinctive, signature look and true-to-concept exterior design.”
GM says the ELR “will advance the design theme of the Converj while featuring an electric propulsion system made up of a T-shaped lithium-ion battery, an electric drive unit, and a four-cylinder engine-generator. It will use electricity as its primary power source to drive the car without using gasoline or producing tailpipe emissions. When the battery’s energy is low, the ELR seamlessly switches to a gasoline-powered electric generator to allow hundreds of additional driving miles.”
The lithium-ion battery will be built at GM’s Brownstown Battery Assembly plant in Brownstown Township.
Production is scheduled to begin in late 2013.
Digital Daily Signup
Sign up now for the Michigan Chronicle Digital Daily newsletter!